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Review of the Museum and Art Gallery services : a report to the Department of Community Development, Sport & Cultural Affairs



Review of the Museum and Art Gallery services : a report to the Department of Community Development, Sport & Cultural Affairs

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MAGNT Review December 2004 Morgan; Internal review of MAGNT. Final report March 2004


Morgan, Gary


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"This Review has looked at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory’s outputs relative to benchmark museum and art gallery activities and outputs around Australia and relative to international trends in museum practice. This Review has also considered possible service outcomes set against three funding scenarios." - Executive summary


This review was commissioned by Risk Management Services of the Department of the Chief Minister for the Northern Territory, on behalf of the Department of Community Development, Sport and Cultural Affairs. The review was put to Tender in October 2004, with the Tender awarded in November 2004. - Introduction; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

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Executive summary -- Part A: Introduction - Background -- Outputs of this review. Part B: Outputs of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory - A comparison of the MAGNT outputs in activities of collection development and management, public programs and research relative to those of other state museums and galleries - A discussion of the MAGNT outputs relative to national and international trends in museums and galleries - A consideration of the scientific focus of the MAGNT in terms of a) its management and outcomes relative to other museums and b) its contribution to Northern Territory economic activity and Government programs - A comparison of per square metre exhibition costs at the MAGNT relative to other institutions - A comparison of the acquisition budget of the MAGNT relative to other institutions. Part C: Possible budget scenarios - A discussion of three budget scenarios for the MAGNT with their consequent service outcomes. Part D: Summary of recommendations. Part E: Sources and acknowledgements. Part F: Appendices 1-8




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Northern Territory Government

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xviii, 124 pages ; 30 cm.

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Northern Territory Government



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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/458000; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/457995

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MAGNT Review December 2004 Morgan 69 pressed to meet the delivery of museum programs, and that current operating levels are about $600,000 in excess of current annual funding. 8.3 Scenario 1: Current funding allocation For reference, the current total budget (2004/05) for the MAGNT is noted in Box 22. Box 22. 2004/05 budget for the MAGNT Personnel $4,200,0001 Operating $2,200,0002 Depreciation/amortisation $ 957,000 Grants $ 200,000 Corporate Services Dep/DCSI $1,441,000 Corporate support $ 473,000 Repairs & maintenance3 $1,610,000 Total $11,081,000 1. Including $150,000 from Bioprospecting project. 2. Including $100,000 from Bioprospecting project. 3. This figure is for R&M for other portfolio agencies in addition to the MAGNT (MAGNT pers.com.) Source: DCDSCA Output costings 2004-05 Budget This discussion will focus on the funds available for personnel and operating costs ($6.4 million), with some reference as well to maintenance costs. The recognition that the MAGNT is struggling to maintain its current program on its current budget motivated this Review. The challenges posed by current funding levels are reflected in the $600,000 deficit budgets run by the MAGNT in at least the past two financial years. It is the Consultants view that the current funding level places doubt over achieving much in the way of progress against any of the parameters noted in the overview above. Operations If the MAGNT is currently operating at $600,000 over its annual budget, then the first implication of continuity of current funding is that current operations in discretional (non-fixed) cost centres will have to scale back. There is some potential for further cost savings and greater income generation, as discussed in this Report and in the Stanton Partners Review. Areas considered include: o Shop income o Caf lease o Admission fees o Donations and sponsorship o Venue operations Neither this Review nor the Stanton Report have attempted to quantify possible net returns from these, however, any net gains will not be achievable immediately and are very unlikely to approach the $600,000 pa shortfall. Some areas that are currently